London Lite Tuesday, 20 October 2009 15 IN&OUTTONIGHT IN&OUTTONIGHT PREVIEWS AlphAbeAt This single The Spell is out now. 11PAGE ENTERTAINMENT SECTION CompiledbyLaurenPaxman COMEDYTHEATRECLUBSMUSIC CompiledbyLaurenPaxman Coming SoonTomorrowToday Londons biggest and best newspaper guide to staying in...or going out Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday Coming SoonTomorrowToday FIVE years ago, a band citing Whigfield, Snap! and Ace Of Base as inspiration would have been booted out of Britain. Lucky then for Alphabeat that cheesy pop is now so prevalent, the combination sounds intriguing, if not entirely enticing. Having gone gold last year with This Is Alphabeat -- a Top 10 album that spawned the hits Fascination, 10,000 Nights and Boyfriend -- the Hackney- based Danish sextet release a follow-up, The Spell, in January. Its lead single, released to tie in with their UK tour, channels Black Box and Snap! and is as frothily fun as it is dancefloor friendly. We set out to make an album thats pure pop, says 22-year-old singer Stine. Not indie-pop or wonky-pop. If a song didnt require guitar, that was fine. All six of us chipped in ideas, then honed them down to songs that were simple and fun and we knew would work live. Our biggest inspiration was prob- ably Black Box. Our debut album looked to Eighties pop, this one is more about the Nineties. Most of us are too young to remember Nineties pop first time round, so reviving it now doesnt feel odd. Besides, the Noughties are nearly over. Its retro already. Success may have yet to buy Alphabeat mansions, but it has made life in adopted London a lot easier. When we first moved here, we had to share a house, says Stine. Now, we have three between us. We also have a base- ment studio, not far from our homes. The best bit is having been able to buy a tour bus. When were on the road, one dressing room is a squeeze for six. Now we hang out on the bus instead. One of the new albums highlights is a track called Chess -- inspired by games on the bus, perhaps? Definitely not, laughs Stine. When I was little, I played with my dad and I thought I was a chess master. Then I went to boarding school and challenged everyone to a game. I got badly beaten and suddenly I realised my dad had always let me win. I havent been near a chessboard since. LISA VERRICO Robbie WilliAms FOR his big live comeback, Robbie, right, will perform his new album Reality Killed The Video Star at the first night of the BBC Electric Proms. Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Rd NW1 (0844 482 8008, roundhouse. org.uk), 7pm, returns only. Tube: Chalk Farm editoRs THE rockers, right, are chasing another Mercury nomination with their epically gloomy new album In This Light And On This Evening. HMV Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline St W6 (0844 844 4748), 7pm, 20. Tube: Hammersmith Women of Rock WOMEN OF POP would be a more appropriate name for this Pinktober gig in aid of Breast Cancer Research featuring Melanie C, Joss Stone, right, Bananarama, Jamelia, Escala and Sharon Corr. 1 Nov, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore SW7 (020 7589 8212), 8pm, 35-50. Tube: South Kensington lAughing hoRse soho SNORT with laughter at sets from Imran Yusuf, left, Mark Cornell, Pat Burtscher, Snorri Hergill Kristjansson and more. Coach & Horses, 1 Great Marlborough St W1 (07913 460295), 8.30pm, 5, 4 concs. Tube: Oxford Circus Ricky gRoveR THIS East End geezer, left, who was illiterate until he was in his thirties, tried being a hairdresser and a boxer before he became a stand-up. Comedy Bunker, Ruislip Golf Centre, Ickenham Rd (020 8421 1141), 8.15pm, 14. Tube: West Ruislip 8+1/2 songs About love (And otheR myths) ITS been 10 years since Helen Arney, left, wrote her first half love song. Shes written eight full ones since and will be showcasing them all next month. 4-5 Nov, Etcetera Theatre, The Oxford Arms, 265 Camden High St NW1 (020 7482 4857, etcetera theatre.com), 9.30pm, 7.50, 6.50 concs. Tube: Camden Town the Rise And fAll of little voice THE X FACTORS Diana Vickers makes her stage debut with Lesley Sharp and Marc Warren, right. Until 30 Jan, Vaudeville Theatre, Strand WC2 (0844 579 1975), Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Wed & Sat 2.30pm, 26-48.50. Tube: Charing Cross teRRoR FOUR terrifying plays for the price of one, including the world premiere of The Experiment, by Mark Ravenhill, right. Until Sat, Southwark Playhouse, Shipwright Yard, off Tooley St SE1 (020 7407 0234), 7.30pm, 8-18. Tube: Borough bedbound THIS drama, right, about a father and daughter stuck in a bed is by Edna Walsh, the award- winning writer of Hunger. 27 Oct-22 Nov, Lion & Unicorn Theatre, 42 Gaisford St NW5 (0844 477 1000), Tue- Sat 7.30pm, mat Sun 3pm, 12, 10 concs. Tube: Kentish Town moRe the meRRieR ELECTRO outfit Alaska In Winter, left, play live and DJs The Rest Is Noise and Electro Joe are tomorrows turntablists at this benefit for the charity WaterAid. The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton St N1 (020 7749 0600), 8pm, 7, 6 concs. Tube: Old St deAth disco ALAN McGEE, left, who discovered Oasis, has retired from the music industry bar this weekly club night where he DJs alongside Danny Watson. The Patio Set and Blackchords perform live. Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate W11 (020 7460 4459, notting hillartsclub.com), 7pm, free. Tube: Notting Hill Gate the cRossfiRe hAlloWeen mAssAcRe THIS year, underground skate and music scenesters Crossfire present Lady GaGas DJ Lady Starlight, left, and XFMs Eddy Temple-Morris at their big Halloween bash. 31 Oct, secret east London venue (caughtinthecrossfire.com), 9pm, 10 adv Pure pop: singer Stine Bramsen of Alphabeat Beatapathback totheNineties index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html